Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Tune-up...

I wanted to have a 'TT' post today.

My dear friend Beth has "Tuesday Trivia"... which, by the way, is VERY interesting today.
Check it out by clicking HERE. You'll find out if you are an oder or not... and you'll find out (from my comment there) what you already knew: I had (have) a good mama. No, she was (is) a WONDERFUL MAMA.

As for me, I've decided to call today my Tuesday Tune-up.

I had a physical checkup- that turned out well.

Then after I played "Singing in the Rain", "Rainy Days and Mondays", and "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" several times in the tea room, I got my hair done.

Not only that... I decided to go to the tea room a whole different (roundabout) way, and before that, to eat something totally different for breakfast after my check-up. (I usually eat some kind of junk food after I have a physical exam.) I had a chicken biscuit from McDonald's, with a real Coke. Mmmm.

Oh, and on my way to my hairdresser's I had some time to kill so I just drove around. I seldom do this - because of not wanting to waste gas... plus not wanting the guilt of wasted time.... but, well, I was in a good mood... so.....

While driving around I thought about Mission, Texas... where I grew up. Many memories came to my mind... that I will be sharing these next few days in this blog.
You see, on July 9th I travel down there.... for my 40th year high school reunion!!

I'm thinking I may be the most excited attendee who is going to this reunion.
'Course Diana will be the most excited attendee come Monday morning, July 12th.... when she can REST!! (Thank you, Diana, for all the work you're doing.)

So stay Tuned... to learn more about my growing up years in wonderful Mission, Texas.
I just know you're excited. (ha!)

(Uh, no, all of the south Texas border is NOT surrounded by water.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's been a good day...

... and it ended by our going to the Chisholm Aquatic Center in Hurst... for FOTP's annual summer swim. FUN! (Sam and I didn't get in the water... well, my feet did... but it was still fun.) ('Course we didn't stay very long... but long enough, in my opinion.)

Prior to everybody (but us) getting in the water, we had a baptism service. About ten people were baptized, I think. That was great. Everybody clapped and cheered after each person was baptized.
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Different note: Friday morning I got my Caroline and Andrew fix. Caroline wanted me to wear the crown that she and her mom-Elizabeth made. I said, "Oh, I get to be the Queen!"
"No, no," said Caroline. "You get to be the princess!"

Oh, well I'd rather be a princess any day!
(See the crown?)
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Different note: You may notice Will and Bailey's picture in the sidebar, and the link to their wedding website. Check that out... and be sure and read about the proposal. It's very sweet, in my unbiased opinion.

Wedding plans are being made as I type.

This is an exciting year at the Carmack house!!

Friday, June 25, 2010

YES!

That's what Bailey said last night when Will popped the question!!!






Notice the diamond.... It's not just any diamond.... It's the diamond that was in Will's grandmother's (my mother's) engagement ring! (And the wedding ring has the little diamonds that were in her wedding ring!) How wonderful is that?!





Here Bailey's changing her Facebook relationship status....

They're planning an October wedding. It will be small. And it will be in our backyard by the pool! How great is that?!

We're so glad you're part of our family, Bailey!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

"Russian Spoken Here."

Yes, Russian WAS spoken here on Monday.



We had our dear friend Janet (the lady in the green blouse on the front right) and her granddaughters over for a swim and for lunch.

Janet's daughter, Erica, fell in love with a Russian young man years ago (they were both exchange students in each other's respective countries). They married and now live in Moscow with their two sweet girls, Leeza (Elisavieta, age 11) and Kate (Ekatarina, age 8)(spelling may be wrong).

While they were here I wanted little Caroline and Andrew to hear the Russian language so I asked Leeza and Kate to talk back and forth in Russian. They did. It was delightful. (Leeza and Kate speak both English and Russian fluently and without accents.)

In the summer of 2001 Mother and I went with Janet to Moscow to visit Erica, her husband Sergei, and little Leeza. (Erica was pregnant with Kate.) It was the trip of a lifetime.... and included a train ride to St. Petersburg.
Oh, and it was the hottest summer in Moscow in over 100 years.
(I guess you CAN take the weather with you.)

Anyway, we had a marvelous time those two weeks in Russia... and we try and see the family whenever they come to the States. This time we only saw the girls, but may get a glimpse of their parents soon (the girls came first).

So Monday they swam and had lunch with us, and Elizabeth, Caroline and Andrew. (The girls' mother, Erica, used to baby-sit Elizabeth when she was little.) (I hope you're following all of this.)

It was a fun time Monday ....




(Well, I didn't get enough pictures of Leeza and Kate. Rats.)
In the top photo they're the girls who look like they're 8 and 11.)

For now,
Есть великий день!
That's "Have a great day!" in Russian.

Я люблю Google Translate.
That's "I love Google Translate." in Russian.

Сохраняйте спокойствие сегодня.
That's "Stay cool today." in Russian.

Мне нужно выйти , потому что я ухожу глупо.
That's "I need to quit because I'm getting silly." in Russian.

(Really, I love that Google Translate.)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Here's what I believe...

I said in an earlier post that ‘when you know how to die, you know how to live.’
I believe that.

I’m pretty sure there is a heaven.
I’m not sure without a shadow of a doubt, but I’m sure without a reasonable doubt.

I believe this because of Jesus.... and the Bible, among other things and other people.

And it has made my life SO MUCH MORE WONDERFUL THAN BEFORE.
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Some folks laugh at Christians.

They think the whole idea of us believing in God, much less a good God is ludicrous. .... what with all the misery there is in the world.

I can understand that.

I have problems with all the misery in the world.

But I believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior .... BECAUSE of the misery.

And I believe that God does NOT require us to climb up his ladder of perfection... but that he came down to the BOTTOM rung of the ladder (so to speak)... and that we don't have to try and be what we're not ... to reach him.

I've been reading an old book by E. Stanley Jones (written in 1957) called CHRISTIAN MATURITY. In it he has this:

The differing systems of thought and devotion have arrived at the following ideas concerning God:
Egyptian- God is immortality;
Hebrew - God is righteous law;
Japanese - God is loyalty;
Chinese - God is poise;
Hindu- God is truth, intelligence, bliss;
Buddhist - God is a question mark;
Greek - God is eros;
Islam - God is authority;
modern secularism - God is irrelevant;
modern science - God is natural law;
Christian - God is love.
... And not abstract love, but love as seen in the teaching, the life, the death, the resurrection of Jesus. It is love anchored to and interpreted by the fact of Jesus. As someone has said: “The victory must go to those ideas which are guaranteed by the facts.” The idea of love in the gospel is guaranteed by the fact of Jesus.

I think that is great.

... but "The fact of Jesus? What fact?"

I like to think of C.S. Lewis and Lew Wallace, who wrote BEN HUR, and Josh McDowell (author of EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT) to name a few.... who set out to disprove the fact of Jesus and his claims of being the Christ, the Savior of the world... and they ended up embracing him.
And there are so many others who have come to the conclusion that all that went on around Jesus, and all the disciples, and how they were scruffy guys whose lives changed... etc., etc. , etc.... meant that Jesus might be ‘the answer’.

I haven't done that kind of research... but I have decided to go with my own knowledge of my own self ... and people I know... and yes, what I've read in the Bible... and I've decided to take this thing about Jesus as truth.

Oh, there is weird stuff. And tele-evangelists (ugh), and super-judgmental people. And there are good questions.... and I don't have the answers.

But I've chosen to believe.

Now, I really think Christians mess up when they try to convince people of stuff that really, in my opinion, is not essential stuff. Like answers to questions like: How long did it take God to create the world?

I believe there is an almighty loving God. I believe that he loves me and you...and that love is what we need. .. not that we love God, but that he loves us.

Dr. Karl Menninger said that the saddest word in any language is 'unloved'.

I think God made us for love.
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Christianity is the lens through which I (we) view the world rather than an object that I (we) examine.

I could analyze it to death (as if), but I just think Christianity puts the dots together...
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That’s what I believe.

['Course there is a lot more that I could write (and which I did and deleted), but well, for my own reasons I've decided to quit right now.]

If you are not a Christ-follower, I pray that you would come to your senses.
(That's my preachy part, and I'm sticking to it.)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Last night...


... I got to hold my great nephew Sawyer for about 2 hours.

It was bliss.

We were at the Fellowship of the Parks' staff cookout at a beautiful home in Trophy Club. Everyone there had fun...
...but I had the most fun.

(And yes, I was wearing that red top that I've worn for decades.)
(If I'm anything I'm loyal.)

That above picture doesn't capture Sawyer's preciousness so here's a better picture of him (that Peggy Werner took at the wedding)...

(You're smiling now, aren't you?)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

32 years ago today...

... I married Sam, the man.

We met at Southcliff Baptist Church in southwest Fort Worth in August 1977. Actually we had known who each other was (were), as we both went to Baylor the same four years. So as I saw him across the sanctuary (auditorium), I told my roommate, "Oh, there's Sam what's-his-name. He went to Baylor." Erene said, "Yes, I know him. I'll introduce you." So she did.

And here we are today.

He used to wear leisure suits; I used to wear pant suits.

We were both thinner back then.

He taught me to like coffee without sugar.

I taught him ... well, I can't remember what I taught him.
(Oh, I introduced him to soft tacos.)

He is very wise, and can be very funny.

Me, I need his wisdom, and I like to laugh at his funnies.

We've lived in Texas, Georgia (well, for 3 months), Brazil, back to Texas, then Oklahoma, then Kentucky, then back to Texas.

After wanting children badly, and looking into adoption, we found out we were going to have a son! ... and then, soon after, a daughter!!! (How wonderful.)

Our life together has been amazing.

I tell all young girls to not get in a hurry to get married.
And to not settle for anyone jus' cuz' it's 'time'... and all your friends are marrying off.

Enjoy YOUR life.

Someday your Sam might come along.

('Course he won't be as good as my Sam.)

My Sam came along when I was 26 - which at the time seemed old. (Good grief.)

Prior to meeting, we each (on our own) decided we'd like to be single, well, rather than marrying any ole' body.

And then we met. ....

And now I'm smiling....

and tonight we're going out on a big date!!!

mmm.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The one about Shiloh, etc....

Shiloh is exuberantly happy.

I know, he doesn't look exuberantly happy in that picture.

Well, that picture was taken 2 years ago, after his first haircut. Back then he wasn't sure whether he liked it or not... so he acted cool and collected.

Well, this year he likes the haircut. .... so much so that he's been too exuberantly happy (rowdy) for me to get a good picture. (He's cool but certainly not collected.)
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On a different note, HOOK 'EM, HORNS!

I never thought I'd EVER say that - what with being a Baylor grad (SIC 'EM, BEARS) ... and lots of family being Texas Aggies (GIG 'EM, AGGIES).... but TEXAS won my heart Monday by not abandoning the Big 12. If they had, Baylor would have had a whole different sports future.
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On another different note, I spent last night with my mom at Parkwood and ate a wonderful breakfast with her there this morning. I told her I felt as if I were at a resort. She said, "Yes, I keep thinking I'll have to go back home and get on with my real life." (Something like that.)

Sign me up!
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On a different note, several of my high school friends have had deaths lately. .. Mark's mother-in-law (who lived with them the last four years), Diana's father, ... and Danny - who graduated 3 years before me in high school. He died of a massive heart attack.

Life is fragile.

I never want to take it for granted.
(Sometimes I do, though.)

We must remember that none of us gets out alive.

One of these days I'm just going to write about why and how I feel that when you know how to die you know how to live .... and that Jesus Christ is THE WAY.

I hope I don't get too preachy, though.

I hate when folks get too preachy.

and self-righteous.

and holy-jo.

[Jesus never got that way - - except to preachy-folks.]

Monday, June 14, 2010

Ugly women...

... can really be ugly.

One came into the tea room the other day with her little girl.

Poor little girl, I thought.

Her mother wasn't bad looking. Just mean... which makes a person horrible-looking, in my opinion.

She was nasty to the wait-staff... and even to Jennifer, the boss.

That mean lady made me mad.
(She and her daughter were sitting right by the piano--- so I was eavesdropping on all of her meanness.)

'Course then I think what my mother would tell me my grandmother would say: "You don't know what's going on in her life." (Something like that.)

My Grandmother Ora was the most nonjudgmental person ever.

Hmm. I started writing this post to bash that ugly woman.

Now I just have pity on her.

Thanks, Grandmother Ora.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

They're back!



For their honeymoon they went to the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee, near Gatlinburg. They stayed in a cabin, and also spent 2 days hiking and camping out.
(You can see they were prepared.)

That last picture is them walking out to our car at DFW airport. ... back to the real world.

Hard to believe a week ago today was when they got hitched!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Signs... and a potato...

I found these signs at LoneStar Antiques and Montgomery St. Antique Mall.
(I think they're cute and I think it was okay that I take their pictures.)











(I think that first one is my favorite.)------
This next picture I got off of blog.craftzine.com ...
I thought it was appropriate - being wedding week and all.
(Oh, I guess last week was wedding week.
Well, I'm still reliving it!)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Here's the picture that I love....

...bigger....(Thanks, Caroline, for sending it to me.)

These are two of the most wonderful people in the whole wide world.

The first thing they wanted to do as a married couple was have communion...which they had just finished doing in that picture.

Is that not the most wonderful thing?
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On a completely different note, Monday night Bailey, Will, and I went to little Caroline's first dance recital!
Here are some pics (some of which I got from Elizabeth's blog)...



Little Caroline has had quite the time lately... a flower girl and then the star of the dance recital!!
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On another completely different note, from Sunday till Tuesday morning we had the privilege of having these precious folks stay with us....From left, David, Teri, and Nathaniel. Unfortunately their dad had to stay home in Wisconsin. (Yes, these three came the farthest distance for the wedding!)

David is quite the artist. He's even won awards for drawing. You can see why, with these pictures of transformers that he drew ...He drew those all by himself... and he's not even 7 yet!

Oh, and Teri cooked supper for us Sunday night. YUM.
AND she baked a rhubarb pie with rhubarb her parents brought down from Iowa. (They came the second farthest distance.)
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Well, I think life is slowing down now.

Well, until July... when I head down to Mission, Texas (home of Tom Landry) where I'll see my friends that I haven't seen in four decades!
Go Eagles!!!